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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 10, 2010/ 25 Adar 5770

Little Things Mean A Lot

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What's worse than dedicated Democrat progressives, or an in-the-tank media? A wimpy Republican party afraid to stand against either one.

Is there a better time to be a fiscal conservative than right now? The country is drowning red ink, millions of Americans are unemployed, and government--its ranks bloated with blood-sucking, unionized (and apparently immunized) public sector employees--is draining the life-blood out of the economy.

The perfect time for Republicans to draw a line in the fiscal sand and send Americans a clear message about their determination to resist fiscal Armageddon? Common sense would say yes. The Republican Party?

A big fat no.

The latest faux-stimulus, buy-a-constituency piece of garbage emanating from Washington D.C. was a ten billion dollar spending bill that one Republican Senator, Jim Bunning (R-KY), decided to use as a test case: first for Democrats who had passed pay-as-you-go legislation the previous week, and second for his fellow Republicans who would like Americans to believe they believe in fiscal responsibility.

The principle involved was stunningly simple. If you jack up the deficit by another ten billion dollars here, then find ten billion dollars in spending cuts to offset it somewhere else.

Democrats? The predictable hypocrisy: there was "nowhere" to come with ten billion dollars in cuts--in a trillion-and-a-half dollar federal budget, forty percent of which is being paid for with borrowed money. Pay-as-you-go? Another empty promise made by a Democrat party very comfortable with the idea that empty promises, much like the lie repeated often enough, are just as effective as telling the truth.

Republicans? The same spineless cowards who fold at the first sign of adversity, whether it comes from Democrats or their media shills--even when they have the majority of the public solidly in their corner. The same bunch who have told us they "learned their fiscal lesson," but can't even muster the courage to demand Democrats stand by their own legislation. Bunning wasn't just sold down the river by Democrats. His fellow Republicans decided "looking mean" wasn't a viable tradeoff--for doing the right thing.

Letter from JWR publisher

The Republican party may not realize it, but the 2010 election could very well be their last chance to remain a viable political entity. Democrats aren't merely attempting to pass healthcare legislation or run trillion dollar deficits because they "care" about their fellow Americans. They're making an historical attempt to engineer a permanent, one-party majority in Washington, D.C. One in which Republicans will be reduced to window-dressing for the sake of providing the illusion of an opposition party.

You would think the specter of ongoing political impotency would engender a full speed ahead, go-for-broke, tell-it-like-it-is urgency among Republicans. If the Bunning episode is any indication, you would be wrong. Pathetic? Certainly. But cynicism is the big motivator here, the essence of which can be reduced to this:

Vote for us in November, because we suck less than Democrats.

Maybe so, in a methadone-addiction-is-better-than-a-heroine-addiction kind of way. But in the end you've still got a habit, even if your drug of choice is more "respectable."

Memo to Republicans: cynicism is a one-election political strategy. What looks like magic in 2010 won't be worth a damn in 2012. By then Americans are going to want alternative ideas, not just an alternative political party. If Republicans can't go cold turkey regarding unconscionable spending, who the hell needs them?

Ironically, the same strategy Democrats are currently employing, as in take a beating in November but get American socialism permanently entrenched via healthcare, will work quite well for another political entity. But it won't be the Republicans. It will likely be the Tea Party, whose power will increase in direct proportion to Americans' growing disgust with progressive Democrats' inevitable failure to fix the country. And it is inevitable, because, as Margaret Thatcher once remarked, you eventually run out of other peoples' money to spend. Or in this particular case, when China and others decide once and for all to stop underwriting a spendthrift, deadbeat American government.

At that point, someone will step in and fill the political vacuum. Republicans think it will be them--simply because there's no one else. They may also think a ten billion dollar cave-in might not say much in the grand scheme of things, but I'll tell you what it says to this American:

Its time to take third-party politics seriously.

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Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

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